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Andy Murray

Sir Andrew Barron Murray OBE is a British professional tennis player from Scotland. Murray represents Great Britain in his sporting activities and is a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion, winner of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals, and former world No. 1.

Murray defeated Novak Djokovic in the 2012 US Open final, becoming the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament.

Murray is also the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon singles titles since Fred Perry in 1936, winning the tournament in 2013 and 2016.

Murray is the men’s singles 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist, making him the only tennis player, male or female, to have won two Olympic singles titles.

He featured in Great Britain’s Davis Cup-winning team in 2015, going 11–0 in his matches (8 singles and 3 doubles) as they secured their first Davis Cup title since 1936.

  • Full name: Sir Andrew Barron Murray OBE
  • Profession: British tennis player
  • Born: 15 May 1987 (age 32 years), Glasgow
  • Grand slams won (singles): 3
  • Height: 1.9 m
  • Spouse: Kim Sears (m. 2015)
  • Coach: Jamie Delgado (2016–)
  • Children: Edie Murray, Sophia Olivia Murray
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About Andy Murray

Andy was born on 15 May 1987 in Glasgow, Scotland. He is the son of Judy Murray (née Erskine) and William Murray.

His maternal grandfather, Roy Erskine, was a professional footballer in the late 1950s.

Murray is a supporter of Hibernian Football Club, one of the teams his grandfather represented, and Arsenal Football Club.

Murray began playing tennis at the age of three when his mother Judy took him to play on the local courts.

He played in his first competitive tournament at age five and by the time he was eight he was competing with adults in the Central District Tennis League.

Murray’s elder brother, Jamie, is also a professional tennis player, playing on the doubles circuit, and became a multiple Grand Slam winner in the discipline (both men’s and mixed).

Murray grew up in Dunblane and attended Dunblane Primary School. He and his brother were present during the 1996 Dunblane school massacre, when Thomas Hamilton killed 16 children and a teacher before shooting himself; Murray took cover in a classroom.

Murray says he was too young to understand what was happening and is reluctant to talk about it in interviews, but in his autobiography Hitting Back he states that he attended a youth group run by Hamilton and his mother gave Hamilton lifts in her car. Murray later attended Dunblane High School.

Murray’s parents split up when he was 10, with the boys living with their father while being mentored in tennis by their mother.

He believes the impact this had on him could be the reason behind his competitive spirit. At 15, he was asked to train with Rangers Football Club at their School of Excellence, but declined, opting to focus on his tennis career instead.

He then decided to move to Barcelona, Spain. There he studied at the Schiller International School and trained on the clay courts of the Sánchez-Casal Academy, coached by Pato Alvarez.[32] Murray described this time as “a big sacrifice”.

His parents had to find £40,000 to pay for his 18-month stay there. In Spain, he trained with Emilio Sánchez, former world No. 1 doubles player.

Murray was born with a bipartite patella, where the kneecap remains as two separate bones instead of fusing together in early childhood, but was not diagnosed until the age of 16. He has been seen holding his knee due to the pain caused by the condition and has pulled out of events because of it.

In February 2013, Murray bought Cromlix House hotel near Dunblane, where his brother Jamie had celebrated his wedding in 2010 but which had since ceased trading, for £1.8 million; the venue re-opened as a 15-room five-star hotel in April 2014.

Later that month Murray was awarded freedom of Stirling and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stirling in recognition of his services to tennis.

Murray began dating Kim Sears, daughter of player-turned-coach Nigel Sears, in 2005. Their engagement was announced in November 2014, and they married on 11 April 2015 at Dunblane Cathedral in his home town, with the reception at his Cromlix House hotel. The couple live in Oxshott, Surrey with their son and two daughters.

He identifies himself as a feminist, and has been repeatedly vocal in his support for women players and coaches.

Murray has invested in up to 30 UK businesses using Seedrs, a crowdfunding platform.